Arralis Announces 10W GaN-SiC MMIC K band HPA

Arralis, global leaders in building technology and products that are the future of global radar & wireless communications, today announced the launch of its new Leonis series GaN-SiC High Power Amplifier (HPA) optimised for satellite downlink communication systems. The HPA operates in K-band from 17.5GHz-20GHz and delivers a saturated power in excess of 10W with typical power added efficiency of 25% and large signal gain of 20dB in a compact die size of 3.6×2.9mm. The part is matched to 50Ω with integrated DC blocking capacitors on RF ports and incorporates an output power detector to assist with system integration. Nominal drain bias is 25V.

The HPA is fabricated on ITAR free, space qualified UMS 0.25um GH25-10 GaN-SiC process. GaN devices have higher efficiencies, power density and thermal conductivity compared to equivalent GaAs parts, and can operate at higher temperatures without loss of reliability. Optimum performance has been achieved at K-band through a combination of UMS device models, NI AWR EDA software and the design expertise of the Arralis MMIC team.

“The addition of this latest HPA to Arralis’ suite of devices builds on our high-performance K/Ka-band Leonis chipset, forming the final link in the RF power chain and delivering 10W of saturated output power in a compact GaN MMIC” said Thomas Young, Senior MMIC Design Engineer, Arralis. “The new GaN HPA exemplifies the design and application expertise that Arralis provides across a range of mm-wave bands. The data-hungry society of today demands constant, uninterrupted access to information, and this demand will increase in the future. Global connectivity takes a step closer to realisation through the development of this enabling technology for K/Ka Band Satellite Comms”.

The Leonis chipset was developed to meet the needs of the growing […]

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Tyndall and Arralis sign €400,000 research deal

Tyndall and Arralis sign €400,000 research deal to develop a high-volume manufacturing process for scaling mmWave integration and packaging technologies.

New mmWave HVM Process to be developed by Arralis and Tyndall

Cork and Limerick, 19 February 2019: Leading Irish tech manufacturer, Arralis, has entered into a €400k research development agreement with Tyndall National Institute, to develop a next generation mmWave fabrication technology for use in applications such as autonomous vehicles, satellite communications, 5G and radar imaging.

Welcoming the collaboration and investment, Tyndall’s Senior Staff Scientist Dr James Rohan said, “We are delighted to work with Arralis on this exciting project which combines Tyndall’s micro-fabrication expertise in thick-film electrochemical simulation, processing, integration and testing with the design capabilities of Arralis for the rapidly developing mmWave device market.”

Supported by Enterprise Ireland through the Innovation Partnership programme, the development of new Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits, MMICs, is vital given the growth of data-centric traffic, increased demands on our current communications networks and future Internet of Things (IoT) application requirements including autonomous vehicles and satellite communications.

“Our data-hungry society demands constant, uninterrupted access to more and more information, and this demand will only increase in the future. New cost-effective, high-volume and geometry-scaled mmWave manufacturing is needed to meet future IoT demands. The partnership of two leaders in this area, Arralis and Tyndall, will enable us to take a step closer to global interconnectivity through new integrated mmWave technologies,” said Marie Bourke, Arralis Business Process Manager and Technical Programme Manager.

As autonomous vehicles require unimpeded data access to connected vehicles, Ka and W band wireless communications are essential. Ka band supports high data rates, device connectivity, data collection and traffic handling capacity at lower latency than current technologies, leading to the expectation that 5G […]

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Arralis features in Microwaves & RF Magazine

Arralis’ Rotman Lens’ Electronic Beam Steering Aims At 5G Signals.

This novel antenna configuration provides an inexpensive means of sending and receiving the millimeter-wave signals needed for moving large amounts of data in 5G wireless networks.

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By |November 7th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Arralis features in Microwaves & RF Magazine|
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    Arralis announces €2 million-euro ESA contract for Electronically Steerable Ka band Antenna for Future Science Missions.

Arralis announces €2 million-euro ESA contract for Electronically Steerable Ka band Antenna for Future Science Missions.

New product will allow future microvibration sensitive science mission spacecraft to communicate at high speeds.

Irish company Arralis, world leaders in building technology and products that are the future of global radar and wireless communications, today announced a €2 million-euro contract with the European Space Agency (ESA[1]) for a new electronically steerable Ka band antenna. Arralis is designing and developing the antenna for use in future ESA science missions, with potential applications in observatories at the Earth-Sun Lagrange points and ESA’s Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission, designed to detect and accurately measure gravitational waves, and due to launch in 2034.

The communication technology being developed for use in space missions will also have commercial applications back on Earth. There is growing demand for low-power, lightweight steerable Ka band RF front-ends for the delivery of high speed, low latency internet bandwidth anywhere on Earth. This technology can be deployed in LEO, MEO and GEO communication satellites to greatly improve access to broadband.

The contract was secured with the support of Enterprise Ireland and the development work will be carried out in the Arralis HQ in Limerick supporting the company’s continued growth in Ireland.

Speaking about the announcement, Arralis VP of Business Development, Gary Soul, said, “We are delighted to continue working with the European Space Agency to deliver the world’s leading Ka band satellite communications products to the global space industry.”

Welcoming the announcement, John Halligan T.D., Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research & Development, stated that Arralis is a prime example of how Government investment in ESA has supported the establishment and growth of high technology companies in Ireland and takes place in the context of the development of Ireland’s first National Space Strategy for Enterprise […]

By |September 11th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Arralis announces €2 million-euro ESA contract for Electronically Steerable Ka band Antenna for Future Science Missions.|

Arralis announces new Ka band phase shifters

New products unlock flat beam-steering antenna capability for 5G and on the go satellite communications

Space Tech Expo, Pasadena, CA, May 22nd, 2018:  Irish company Arralis, world leaders in building technology and products that are the future of global radar & wireless communications, today announced their new high-frequency analogue phase shifter MMIC products which allow >360 degree analog phase variation with low insertion loss covering two satellite Ka bands, 17-21GHz and 25.5-32.5GHz.

The product is ideal to track fast moving low earth orbit satellites because it is analog and has continuous phase variation, a great advantage over conventional digital phase shifters. The extended frequency range of the upper band chip is also suitable for the proposed 5G band and will be ideal for beam steering base stations. In addition, the added benefit of simplified assembly is possible as these chips are available with an integrated power amplifier.

This development is of great benefit to designers of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle and 5G systems as now a simple, reliable and flat beam steering and continuous tracking antenna can be realised. According to Mike Gleaves, the Arralis Group CTO, “at Space Tech we’ll be showing people our antenna solution, and highlighting how our new MMIC phase-shifters allow the development of high frequency electronically steerable flat antennas. We have in essence developed the technology that allows users to continuously track and communicate with Low-Earth-Orbit (LEO) satellites in a form that can be easily placed within, or on the roof of a vehicle, aircraft, satellite or just about anywhere.”

This release completes the most extensive range of Ka band chips, aimed at the 17-21GHz and 27-31GHz mega-constellation frequency bands on the market. The full range, fabricated on a space qualified process, includes […]

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Arralis speaking at Mobility X Conference 2018

Former Arralis CEO, Barry Lunn, will be speaking at this year’s Mobility X Conference which takes place at Iveagh House in Dublin on Thursday 10th May. Barry’s session which begins at 3.30pm will cover the topic of radars and autonomous vehicles.

This one-day public conference is a unique opportunity to meet numerous self-driving car industry executives – from disruptive start-ups and CEOs of leading global corporations to technology investment groups – through inspiring speeches and personalised meetings. Network and learn from most innovative companies in the self-driving car industry. Learn about the safety of autonomous cars, how they will disrupt traditional industries like insurance, transportation and more, learn how soon self-driving cars be on our roads in Ireland, and what opportunities are there for companies in Ireland to take advantage of the changes coming to the automotive and transportation industry.

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    Arralis announces ESA contract for plug and play Ka band chipset

Arralis announces ESA contract for plug and play Ka band chipset

New product unlocks advanced capacity for mass consumer applications of on the go satellite communications

Paris Airshow, June 20, 2017: Irish company Arralis, world leaders in building technology and products that are the future of global radar & wireless communications, today announced a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for their new Leonis Ka band chipset, which will enable massive data rate communications speeds for commercial and science missions. This first phase Ka band Transceiver chipset contract is worth €650,000, which is awarded under ESA’s ARTES Competitiveness & Growth programme.

This first of its kind Ka band chipset comprises all of the circuits required to build a K band satellite and ground front end that will connect easily with high power amplifiers and antennas. Ka band is considered the next big thing for satellite technology with its smaller antennas and ground terminals, as well as dramatically lowered costs.

Ka band antennas are 400% smaller than their Ku band rivals which opens up the consumer and connected vehicle markets to high data rate and low latency satellite communications.

Companies such as Facebook, Inmarsat and SpaceX have recently announced their plans to use Ka band to provide broadband services around the globe with the initial SpaceX deployment consisting of an unprecedented 4,425 satellites with Ka band payloads.

Michael Harverson from ESA said, “Arralis are developing technologies that are in demand by the global space industry and which form the foundations of European Satellite Communications programmes now and in the future”.

The Leonis chipset was developed to meet the needs of the growing demand for low cost Ka band satellite equipment that is simple to interface with current digital internet hardware. Applications include 5G communications, airborne high speed Wi-Fi, low earth orbit […]

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    Arralis wins The Irish Times Innovation of the Year Award 2016

Arralis wins The Irish Times Innovation of the Year Award 2016

The Irish Times Innovation Awards proved a very successful event for Arralis this year, winning the IT and Telecommunications Award as well as the overall prize for Innovation of the Year for its 94GHz radar chipset. Arralis’ 94GHz radar chipset has a wide range of applications including aiding unmanned landings by spacecraft, drone guidance systems, air defence systems, airport radar, driverless cars as well as internet and next generation 5G telecommunications.

The awards ceremony which took place on the 5th of October at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin, showcased Ireland’s top innovative talent in the various sectors and had received applications from over 300 companies. The event was attended by over 220 people which included Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Ireland’s Minister for Job, Enterprise and Innovation.

Speaking from the event, company CEO Barry Lunn said, “to be recognised as the “Innovation of the Year” by such a distinguished panel of judges and the paper of record is a real honour for Arralis. Denver and team took on an immense technical challenge and conquered it and I’m delighted they’ve gotten this award from their innovative peers. Within an hour of winning we had messages of support from customers in the US and Asia which proves local recognition can lead to global impact”

As overall winner, Arralis will receive a communications and advertising package from The Irish Times worth in excess of €150,000, as well as a UCD Smurfit Business School scholarship for an Executive Education programme commencing in 2017.

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    Arralis launches new W band devices at European Microwave Week, London

Arralis launches new W band devices at European Microwave Week, London

Today Arralis, the world leading W band device manufacturer, has added a number of new MMIC devices to its extensive product range. The new power amplifier, image cancellation mixer and variable attenuator come in response to new advance system requirements.

Arralis designs and manufactures high frequency semiconductor chips, modules and antennas up to and beyond 110GHz.

TU-W1330305 is a 4-stage MMIC power amplifier that covers frequencies from 92GHz to 96GHz. The TU-W1330305 provides up to 20dB of flat, stable gain, and a power output of more than 18dBm from a 4V supply voltage and remarkably low current at just 210mA.

Image Cancellation MMIC Mixer, 92 – 96GHz
TU-W1340310 is an I/Q MMIC diode mixer with integrated quadrature coupler for single sideband upconverter operation. TU-W1340310 is fabricated using GaAs Shottky diode technology and is designed for output frequencies in the range from 92GHz to 96GHz using either fixed IF and varying LO (86GHz – 90GHz) or fixed LO and varying IF (2GHz – 6GHz) signals, The circuit employs a double rat race configuration to effectively cancel image signals without filtering and offers superior signal to noise performance.

GaAs PHEMT MMIC Attenuator/ SPST Switch, 90 – 100GHz
The TU-W1401601 is a GaAs PHEMT diode based SPST switch and variable attenuator with a single input and output. The attenuation value may be adjusted to any value within the specified attenuation range. The chip is manufactured on a 50um substrate with 100um gate length. All bond pads and the die underside are gold plated. The control voltage ranges from +1.5V to -1.5V, the latter giving maximum attenuation

A packaged version of each device is also available with WR10 waveguide input and output on request.

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    Arralis releases the world’s first 94GHz transmit and receive core chips at IMS2016, San Francisco

Arralis releases the world’s first 94GHz transmit and receive core chips at IMS2016, San Francisco

The chips bring 94GHz into commercial radar and communications applications such as 5G and autonomous vehicles.

Arralis, the leading developer of 94GHz technology, has developed another world first with the launch of fully integrated transmit and receive 94GHz core chips at IMS2016. The devices make the highly desirable attenuation window of 94GHz available for commercial applications such as fully autonomous radar for drones and automotive as well as ‘wireless fiber’ communications speeds for 5G backhaul.

Speaking from San Francisco the company’s CTO, Mike Gleaves, welcomed the opportunity to showcase the unique products. “Our focus at Arralis is scale and integration which for our customers means easier system development and lower cost. These transmit and receive chips deliver both which is quite an achievement and further delivers on our promise to our customers that we would make our aerospace technology integrated and available for commercial applications”, said Gleaves.

The devices are currently in the hands of Arralis’ lead customers with full commercial roll out in the coming months.

This release adds to Arralis’ family of W-band Millimetre-wave Monolithic Integrated Circuits (MMIC) devices. Traditionally 94GHz has been used almost exclusively in the military radar market due high cost and difficulty of integration. 90-100GHz is very attractive due to its ultra-small system size, high resolution and unique propagation (long range) features. Arralis’ technical and scale achievements enable this frequency to be used in a wide range of commercial applications including 5G, mega constellations, drones, driverless vehicles and the Internet of Things (IoT). In addition, Arralis manufactures complementary electronic beam forming and scanning antennas, including the use of metamaterials, further empowering their customers with unique technology solutions.

The MMIC’s are PHEMT GaAs devices that measure just 5.2mm x 2.2mm. The chips’ function […]

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